From Corporate to Champion - Deepak Raj - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 055

Welcome to another captivating episode! Today’s guest is a 25 Time IRONMAN Finisher and 3 Time IRONMAN World Championship Participant! Introducing Deepak Raj, CEO, Co-Founder, & Chief Coach of YOSKA. Deepak partners with host Gregory McDonough to share the challenges and rewards of organizing Ironman events in India, the key aspects of virtual coaching, and the parallels between endurance training and entrepreneurship. He also delves into his approach to a balanced diet, the importance of sleep, and his routine for preparing for races.

  • Deepak credits running and the endurance mindset for his significant weight loss and improved health, underscoring the holistic approach to fitness beyond just physical activity.
  • Deepak shares practical tips for race preparation, including the use of checklists and mental visualization, emphasizing the importance of rest and mental peace before competitions.
  • Transitioning from a corporate IT career to entrepreneurship, Deepak narrates his journey in founding YOSKA and the challenges involved in popularizing triathlon in India. He shares lessons on navigating the initial lack of a market and the gradual development of a supportive community. 
  • As a race organizer, he sheds light on the complexities of hosting Ironman events in India, from volunteer recruitment to liaising with government bodies, highlighting the immense teamwork required.
  • Deepak discusses the evolution of coaching from in-person to virtual modalities, stressing the importance of personalized coaching plans that consider an individual's daily life and adjustments required for unforeseen circumstances.
Quote of the Show:
  • "Pace yourself everyday. Keep the passion while taking care of yourself." - Deepak Raj
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Creators and Guests

Gregory McDonough
Gregory McDonough
Greg McDonough is a seasoned executive who has owned and operated businesses in the professional services sector, navigating them through both good and tough times. He brings his personal experience of knowing what it’s like to be ‘in the owner’s seat’ when working with clients, taking time to ask the questions others may not.
From Corporate to Champion - Deepak Raj - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 055
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